Faculty Development Fridays

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Join OHSU colleagues for a series of professional education opportunities, including live-streamed presentations, virtual workshops, and facilitated discussions of webinars.

Jointly presented with the Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation.

All events are open to learners, postdocs, staff, and faculty.

Upcoming sessions

Seth Igarta, Professional and Career Development Specialist in the Office of Education Improvement and Innovation, will be a leading a panel of OHSU faculty and staff, who will discuss their unique and diverse career paths. Attendees should expect to hear stories about multiple career developments and transitions, including moving from a research focused role to one of administration and student support; adding leadership roles to clinical responsibilities and more.

Current panelists include:

  • Jackie Wirz, Ph.D.
  • Juliana Bernstein, PA-C
  • Leslie Kahl, M.D.
  • Scott Sherry, M.S., PA-C

The panel discussion will take place from noon - 1:30 p.m.

Seth Igarta, Professional and Career Development Specialist in the Office of Education Improvement and Innovation, will lead a presentation and discussion on career development and integrating it into our work at OHSU. Attendees should expect to learn about the foundations of career development and approaches that can be applied in our roles to support career conversations that lead to meaningful work, successful career management, and career satisfaction.

Presentation and discussion from noon - 1:30 p.m.

During this session we will examine current experiences of LGBTQ+ medical students, and the importance of creating LGBTQ+ affirming learning environments for all students, in order to cultivate culturally responsive health care providers. We will also discuss strategies and opportunities for cultivating LGBTQ+ affirming learning environments at OHSU. The session will include a combination of pre-recorded webinar and facilitated discussion. The session will be led by Caleb Feldman, M.A.Education Specialist in the Office of Educational Improvement & Innovation.

Presentation and discussion from noon - 1:30 p.m.


Use the registration form linked to below to sign up for any upcoming session.

If you need an accommodation to attend or participate in this Webex-based event, please contact the Office of Faculty Development (facdev@ohsu.edu) at least five business days prior.


If you have attended any past sessions we would welcome your feedback. Please use the forms linked to below to evaluate individual sessions or the program as a whole.

Program planning and volunteer opportunities

The FDF planning committee is seeking input and volunteers. Use the form below to indicate your interest in the various topics being considered for future sessions. Additionally, you can use this form to either volunteer to assist on future sessions or to recommend colleagues who may have expertise related to a given topic.

Previous sessions

May 15: Wellness and Technology
Facilitator: Niki Steckler, Ph.D.

May 29: Leading in Uncertain Conditions
Facilitator: Brian Park, M.D., M.P.H.

June 12: Remote Collaboration
Facilitator: Jessica Walter

June 26: Responding to Racial Bias
Facilitator: Graciela Vidal, M.S., M.A.

July 10: Virtual Voices: Sharing the Mic
Presenter: Suzanne Atkin, M.S.

July 24: Acting Against Disrespect
Facilitator: Leslie Garcia, M.P.A.

August 7: Science of Effective Coaching
Facilitator: Steve Kinder, MPA

August 21: Integrating Humanities with Sciences
Facilitator: Elizabeth Lahti, M.D.

September 4: Advancing Women into Leadership
Facilitator: Leah Reznick, M.D.

September 18: Health Professions Education Scholarship (View the recording of this session)
Facilitator: Constance R. Tucker, M.A., Ph.D.

October 2: Understanding Unconscious Bias
Facilitator: Crystal Roberts, J.D.

October 16: Converting Your Teaching and Assessment Materials into Educational Scholarship through MedEdPORTAL (View the recording of this session)
Presenters: Grace Huang, M.D., Editor-in-Chief and Sara Hunt, Managing Editor, MedEdPORTAL

October 30: Pathways for Advancing Hispanic Health
Facilitator: Susan Shugerman, M.F.A., Ed.D.

November 20: Managing and Working Remotely
Facilitator: Katy Fonner

December 4: Building Your Wellness Toolkit: Promoting Connection to Joy and Purpose
Facilitator: James B. Clements, M.D., F.A.C.P.

December 11: Supporting Black Students and Mentees
Facilitator: Marie Angele Theard, M.D.

January 29: Career Coaching
Facilitator: Benjamin Hoffman, M.D.

February 12: Why We Hate Networking (and strategies to use instead to build meaningful professional connections)
Facilitator: Niki Steckler, Ph.D.

February 26: Moving from Associate to Full Professor
Facilitator: Andrea Cedfeldt, M.D.

March 12: Responding to Discrimination and Harassment
Presenters: Jessica Asai, J.D.; Whitney Button, J.D.; Stephanie McClure and Karen B. Eden, Ph.D.

April 9: Improving Workplace Education in the Health Professions by Applying Cognitive Load Theory
Facilitators: Emily Hillhouse, M.A., Ph.D., and Amy Forester, M.F.A.

May 7: Trauma Informed Pedagogy
Presenters: Erin Bonura, M.D. and Holly Villamagna, M.D.

May 21: Parenting in a Pandemic
Presenters: Tracey Biebel, LCSW, Linda Schmidt, M.D., Louise Elaine Vaz, M.D., M.P.H.

June 4: Understanding and Applying OHSU's Inclusive Language Guide
Presenters: Erin Hoover Barnett and Leslie Garcia, M.P.A.

June 18: Juneteenth self-study

July 9: Supporting Students with Visual Disabilities in Health Science Education
Presenters: Jennifer Gossett, M.S., Sheila Burkett-Luckey, M.A., CRC, and Kenneth Sanchez

August 20: Structural Racism in Medical Education
Facilitator: Reem Hasan, M.D., Ph.D.

September 24: Health Literacy and Systemic Racism: Addressing Inequities through Clear Communication
Presenter: Cliff Coleman, M.D., M.P.H.

October 8: Tools and Methods for Developing Your Online Presence
Presenters: William Hersh, M.D., Robin Champieux, and Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D.

November 5: Lunch with Leaders
Speakers: Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Ph.D., R.N., and Atif Zaman, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Recording of session (note that we were only able to record one each of the speakers’ two small group discussions)
  • Resource list (selection of books recommended by the speakers)

November 19: The Art of Saying No
Facilitator: Lissi Hansen, Ph.D., R.N.

January 21: Navigating and Tracking your Scholarly Projects
Facilitator: Patty Carney, Ph.D.

February 18: Lunch with Leaders, Pt. 2
Speakers: Peter G. Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D. and Constance R. Tucker, M.A., Ph.D.

March 4: An Introduction to KeyLIME
Facilitators: Kirsten Moreno, Ph.D. and Devon Ritter, M.A.

March 18: Recruiting a Diverse Workforce
Presenters: Linzy Rodrigues and Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas

April 15: How to be a Great Mentee (and Mentors should attend this too)
Presenters: Somnath Mookherjee, M.D. and Neha Deshpande, M.D., University of Washington

April 29: National Minority Health Month: Spotlight on Vaccines
Presenter: Donn Spight, M.D.

June 3: Tips for Time Management
Presenter: Elisa Boden, M.D.

June 17: Joy in Work, Using a QI Systems approach to improving your enjoyment of work
Presenter: Mike Powers, M.D.

July 8: Lunch with Leaders, Pt. 3
Speakers: Erik Brodt, M.D., and Allison Fryer, Ph.D.

July 22: Professionalism and Reproductive Justice
Presenters: Jessica Reid, M.D., M.C.R., and Alyssa Colwill, M.D., M.C.R.

2021-22 Faculty Development Fridays Attendance Data
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Attendance data infographic for 2020-21 Faculty Development Fridays series.
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Program planning team

Andrea Cedfeldt, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean, Faculty Development

Seth Igarta, M.A.
Professional and Career Development Specialist
Educational Improvement and Innovation 

Kacy Kesecker
Administrative Coordinator
Office of Faculty Development

Kirstin Moreno, M.S.Ed., Ph.D. 
Education Manager, Assistant Professor 
Educational Improvement and Innovation 

Devon Ritter, M.A.
Program Design Specialist
Office of Faculty Development

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

OHSU is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, postdocs and graduate students.